Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buns away

 Miss Sophie celebrated her year of dance by having a dance recital last May. We loved watching her dance with her friends and she was so excited to dance!

This year her costume was a fish and they danced to "Goin' Fishing." I was really proud of her. She was the youngest dancer in her tap and jazz class on Fridays.

On a sidenote: This little dancer did not like having her hair brushed into a bun on performance days. Oh my. We did find that using a bun helper was a lot easier.

Are you having the summer dinner doldrums?

For sure, I am getting tired of cooking! However, little fun shortcuts makes regular food taste more summery and fresh. Plus, in Richmond the humidity can be so hot that heating up a kitchen with the stove is not so appealing on a 95-plus day.

A fresh and easy way to make your dinners is to save the stovetop (besides the pasta) and add all of your protein and veggies to an oiled grill on aluminum foil.

Just cook your protein and then add the yummy veggies to the pasta cooked for 9-11 minutes. I usually do make a quick little sauce to go with the pasta. The trick to the pasta is to sauté a garlic clove whole and then remove it once it's infused the evoo.

Quick and fresh summer pasta sauce 

Add 1 - 2 TBS evoo 

Add 1 full garlic clove to the oil and mix around for 1-2 minutes. When you smell garlic, remove the clove as it's fulfilled its clove destiny.

Add 1 tsp red pepper flakes if you are inclined. 

Add half a red onion diced small and 1 small tomato diced. 

Combine pound of spaghetti to the sauté pan, along with one cup of pasta water. 

Add parm. cheese, meat and veggies from grill to finished product and loads of fresh herbs like parsley, oregano or basil. 

I try to use DeCecco because it's a great pasta and Ina loves it of course!  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

To the market we go

This weekend was one of the most relaxing weekends we have had lately.

Sophie wasn't feeling all that well so I hung out with her on Sunday, while Brandon took Ava and Ryder to Hope for church. They love church and Sophie was so stinkin sad to miss her new class in the zone. She loves it!

The girls loved having their friends over for cupcakes and pizza on friday night. They did their nails, played outside and played Barbies.

On Saturday we just hung around and got our long runs in -- however, my long run was well ... torture. My runs lately with Sarah have been so nice so I assumed running at 2 pm at the hottest part of the day would be a piece of cake.

I wanted to go five, but I was dying. To the point that a random golfer stopped to check on me. I steamed through the last .5 miles home and came and crashed on the carpet after 4.2 miles. It was hot and humid and there were hills.

Honestly, I am pretty sure I got heatstroke, which was weird because it was only 81 degrees.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can result when the body loses its ability to regulate temperature when exposed to hot conditions. Because running raises body temperature, runners can overheat at lower temperatures if pushed too hard, and should watch for warning signs of heat problems, including faintness, dizziness, disorientation, and stopping sweating.

Have you ever had a run that made you feel like that? I drank copious amounts of water and tried not to throw up and just took it easy on Sunday. Sometimes a bad workout or run can be demoralizing. Or it just really ticks you off. There are those days and you just have to pick yourself up and live to run another day.

"Bad workouts and races -- we all have them and we always will. Accept that the body has an ebb and flow that we don't quite understand. Some days you just feel 'off.' As hard as it is to accept a bad workout or race when there are valid reasons, it's doubly challenging when there appears to be no reason at all. I used to worry about this, but now I just shrug it off as the quirkiness of the body and mind. Don't invest in it or over think it. Move on.

-Greg McMillan, in Gibson's Daily Running Quotes

One of our favorite recent things we did during our weekend was visit the South of the James Market. They had amazing fruit (we loved the raspberries and strawberries) and the french nutella crepes from were the girls' favorite. Brandon got four different kinds of tacos for $10 from Boka Truck -- the chinese taco with kimchi was my favorite for sure.

At the market there was a great little shop lady that let the girls make a free rice warmer squares on her 1920s sewing machine. 

Ryder enjoyed the fresh ruby red raspberries we bought for lunch. 

Have a great week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Catch up time!

In June we headed Gallmeyer Farm to go strawberry picking.  
We went with Ashley and Foard and although there wasn't a lot of strawberries the kids loved the hay wagon. 

Ryder ate some of the strawberries. 

While Sophie posed and played with Foard. 

Ava graduated from Daisies to Brownies in June. We celebrated by having the bridging ceremony by the beautiful James River. 

So proud of her and her hard work. This is the bridging ceremony where she becomes a brownie. 

I love our sweet and kind Ava. 

And this mom didn't add her last petal, but she got a cute hair do!: ) 

And candy. Super important to first graders. 

I mean how much do I love this picture of the sisters together. Sophie loved being there for Ava on her special night. 

This dog was a big hit with Ryder. And so super cute. 

Every daisy meeting ends with a secret handshake and they ended the ceremony by following their tradition. 

Can we take this sweet puppy home with us? 

Everywhere we go Ryder loves to be a part of the action. 

Ava and her first grade picnic with her friends. 

Ava and her super teacher Mrs. Baker. Ava loved her and her class this year. We are going to miss her. 

Ava and Ryder on her last day of school. 

Ava's last day of school for 2014. I kind've love this picture of her. 

Sophie's last day as a preschooler! Next year she gets on the bus as a kindergarten student. We are going to miss her playing with us, but are so excited. She is super excited too. 

Always the sticks. 

Ava with her bus stop buddies. 

Our bus stop party complete with popsicles, cupcakes and silly string. 

Yesterday we made crowns and Ryder enjoyed wearing his. 

Finally created some planters since we returned from Ohio visiting family and friends. 

Added some ferns and a plant hanger we purchased from Anderson's. We hung the plant hanger upside down and it worked great. 

Ava's bus driver Mr. Floyd who the kids all love. 

We also dressed up the patio with some sweet potato vines and multi-colored coleus. 

And ate our chocolate milk popsicles for breakfast. 

I made this salad this week. So good and healthy! Just add a balsamic vin. to chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, parsley and garbanzo beans and season with salt and pepper and lemon juice. Fresh and ready for the pool.